Mass Storage Systems, 1988. Storage Systems: Perspectives. Digest of Papers., Ninth IEEE Symposium on

31 Oct.-3 Nov. 1988

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  • Digest of Papers. Ninth IEEE Symposium on Mass Storage Systems. Storage Systems: Perspectives (IEEE Cat. No.88CH2626-0)

    Publication Year: 1988
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  • Mass storage reference model special topics

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):3 - 7
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    A review is presented of the efforts of the IEEE Technical Committee on Mass Storage Systems and Technology to create an IEEE mass storage systems reference model. The four primary module types associated with the model are the bitfile client, bitfile server, storage server, and physical volume repository. Ancillary modules are the name server, bitfile mover, and site management. Alternative archi... View full abstract»

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  • The bitfile server in the IEEE reference model for mass storage systems

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):8 - 13
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    The author applies the work of the Fourth and Fifth Mass Storage Systems Specialists Workshops to the bitfile server concept in the IEEE reference model for Mass Storage Systems version 2.0. After a discussion of requirements, an expanded description of a proposed bitfile server interface is explored in detail. A description is also given of the current interface abstraction for the bitfile server... View full abstract»

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  • Storage server as physical box

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):14 - 20
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (4)
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    In the IEEE mass storage reference model, the storage server (SS) is the actor that accepts requests from the bitfile server (BS), but only exchanges bitfile databits with bitfile mover (BM). The main paths toward understanding what must be done to physically encapsulate an SS are analyzed. Clearly, such an SS must be system rather than a subsystem; the miles of code that characterize hosted stora... View full abstract»

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  • Physical volume repository

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):21 - 24
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    The physical volume repository (PVR), a module defined by the IEEE reference model for mass storage systems, is presented. The PVR is that portion of a storage system that stores and mounts physical volumes. A description is given of the architecture of the PVR, its interface and how it processes client requests.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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  • Bitfile mover

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):25 - 28
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    The bitfile mover of the IEEE mass storage systems reference model is the module responsible for movement of the data body of a bitfile. The dependence on the communication infrastructure of a site makes it poorly understood. An examination is made of the mover requirements, what an abstraction of it may look like, how it functions in this abstraction, and some possible examples of how it may be i... View full abstract»

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  • Mass storage systems reference model system management

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):29 - 34
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    System management is the collection of functions that are primarily concerned with the control, performance, and utilization of the mass storage system (MSS) defined by the IEEE mass storage system reference model. These functions are often very site-dependent, involve human decision making, and span multiple servers of the mass storage system. The functions may be implemented as standalone progra... View full abstract»

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  • Networking storage systems: a problem statement

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):37 - 38
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    The importance of access to central stores in timesharing is discussed. The reasons for having central stores are outlined. The inadequacies of present approaches are examined.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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  • Regional and backbone networks

    Publication Year: 1988
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    Summary form only given. Consideration is given to a general web consisting of disjoint sets of data repositories, computing facilities, and terminals of all kinds. An examination is made of the current status of this growth in communications. How this could be done is discussed form the point of a user of mass storage facilities. The author considers how things got started, and what forces are cu... View full abstract»

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  • Department of Energy Nuclear Weapons Complex network

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):40 - 44
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    The Nuclear Weapons Complex (NWC) of the US Department of Energy (DOE) is a collection of 11 government-owned, contractor-operated facilities operated by nine different contractors and the US DOE Albuquerque Operations Office. An effort is under way to automate the exchange of product-definition data between members of the Nuclear Weapons Complex (NWC). A description is presented of network compon... View full abstract»

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  • Mass storage archiving in network environments

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):45 - 50
    Cited by:  Papers (3)  |  Patents (291)
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    Control Data is currently developing a system that can be compared to the developing IEEE reference model for mass storage systems, applying recent technology to industry standards. With this system, a CYBER server provides file serving, archiving, and backup services to a maximum breadth of client computer systems, with emphasis on UNIX clients. The NOS/VE file system structure provides a directo... View full abstract»

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  • An MSS security primer

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):55 - 57
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    The authors explain why computer security is especially important for mass storage systems. He discusses the types of threats that such systems face. A list is presented along with an explanation of some basic rules for protecting mass storage systems.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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  • Profiles in mass storage: a tale of two systems

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):61 - 67
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    The Los Alamos Common File System (CFS) and the NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) mass storage systems (MSSs) are file-storage and file-management systems that serve heterogeneous computing networks of supercomputers, general-purpose computers, scientific workstations, and personal computers. Philosophical, implementation and performance aspects of the two MSSs storage are detailed. ... View full abstract»

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  • Optical storage: terabytes on-line for IBM mainframes

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):68 - 71
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    An optical mass storage system for IBM mainframe computers is described. This system makes the unique benefits of WORM (write-once read-many) optical storage technology available to S/370 mainframe users while retaining the use of existing IBM programs and processes. This is accomplished through the emulation of 3480 tape equipment using the concept of virtual volumes combined with automated direc... View full abstract»

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  • A file structure for nonerasable media

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):72 - 76
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    A file system structure has been designed that is adapted to the peculiarities of write-once optical disk storage media. Key requirements are that the medium be consistent at all times and that large amounts of storage are not wasted in maintaining the directory information appropriate to a normal read/write file system. The file system is implemented in four layers. The first layer replaces the f... View full abstract»

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  • IMPORT and EXPORT of data on the NCAR mass storage system

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):77 - 82
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    A discussion is presented of the problems concerning data movement between external devices and the MSS (mass storage system). The process of moving data to the MSS from foreign media, such as tapes, is called IMPORT. The reverse process is called EXPORT. The IMPORT/EXPORT software application was developed to move data to and from the MSS at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research). This u... View full abstract»

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  • Consideration of Fujitsu mass storage systems

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):83 - 87
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    Fujitsu's mass storage system, which uses a magnetic tape library and a magneto-optic disk, is described. An analysis is presented of their performance, and their future position in a storage hierarchy and various applications are outlined. The author predicts that the magnetic tape library will be a powerful backup system and that the magneto-optic disk will provide large-capacity database storag... View full abstract»

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  • The operation and use of a 2 terabyte optical archival store

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):88 - 92
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    The authors report on the operation and use of the Optical Archival Store (OAS), a very large archival storage system. The system uses a robot which moves optical disk cassettes to and from three read/write units. The software was designed to make the system very easy to use. The users or clients see the system as a large file server, and see the system as a single 2 terabyte (16 TB) volume with a... View full abstract»

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  • Cimarron user experience

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):93 - 97
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    The author describes the implementation of a library storage module (LSM) of the 4400 Automatic Cartridge System manufactured by StorageTek (STK). Each of the five LSMs contains approximately 6000 cartridges (1/2-in, 18-track) with a robot performing cartridge mounts and dismounts. Multiple LSMs can be connected together in such a way that cartridges are passed between robots for improved optimiza... View full abstract»

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  • FileTek storage machine applications

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):98 - 102
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    FileTek's Storage Machine is an automated mass storage system which utilizes optical disks stored in an optical disk library device. The storage machine is made up primarily of off-the-shelf hardware components and storage management software developed by FileTek and designed to be consistent with the IEEE mass storage system reference model. The Storage Machine is utilized by organizations that h... View full abstract»

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  • A 30 terabyte mass storage architecture

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):103 - 107
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    A description is given of a system that contains the online storage of approximately 15 million patents or 30 Tbytes of data. Magnetic disk storage is used on an IBM plug-compatible mainframe to store the indices. Optical storage which offers the best cost/performance ratio, is used to store the images of the patents. Two types of optical storage devices are used: the removable optical disk and th... View full abstract»

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  • A Unix-MVS based mass storage system for supercomputers

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):108 - 113
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    The design, implementation, and current utilization of a large mass storage system (MSS) is described. The MSS supports a large, networked, multivendor, Unix-based supercomputing facility. The MSS provides all processors on the network with the ability to store large amounts of data in a highly accessible long-term repository. Processors on this network vary in size and capability from personal co... View full abstract»

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  • File migration in the NCAR mass storage system

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):114 - 121
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    As of July 25, 1988, the mass storage system (MSS) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) contained 55.8 tb of user data in more than 291000 bitfiles averaging greater than 23 megabytes (MB) in size. The bulk of the data is housed in a (nonautomated) library of IBM 3480 tape cartridges, and the remainder resides temporarily on a disk farm of IBM 3380e disks. A discussion is present... View full abstract»

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  • CD-ROM as a mass storage device

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):125 - 129
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    The authors discuss the physical characteristics of a CD-ROM which is capable of holding the equivalent of approximately 270000 pages of textual data or over 10000 digitized images or even audio. This means of storing information is an offshoot of the highly successful audio compact disk. The CD-ROM is a permanent optical storage device that, in conjunction with a player, becomes a powerful periph... View full abstract»

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  • D-1 through DAT

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):130 - 138
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    The author explores the technological evolution to rotary recorders and its potential value to future mass storage library systems. Cassette-based recording systems using tape with widths of 4 mm, 8 mm, 1/2-in., 19 mm, and 1-in. are compared. Some applications are discussed in terms of the perceived technical needs and cost constraints. Many of the primary design considerations for the implementat... View full abstract»

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